Dermot Sparhawk, a former All American Boston College football hero, is stacking cans in a parish food pantry in Boston’s Charlestown, when his godfather, Jeepster Hennessey, shows up with a knife in his back and dies at Dermot’s feet. Once slated for a professional football career, now a recovering alcoholic, with a torn-up knee, Dermot sets out to solve the murder of his godfather with the help of his Micmac Indian cousin, his paraplegic tenant, and a former teammate. Dermot’s investigation has him tangling with members of the IRA, FBI, and the Boston mob. He also is forced to contend with Charlestown’s code of silence and the norms of the neighborhood where he grew up. Feeling like he did at the height of his game, Dermot uses his Native American intuition and Irish good looks to help him uncover clues. Dermot stumbles upon bits and pieces of information that he cobbles together into an unlikely theory which leads him on an unexpected trail and to a new mystery that could cost him his life.
"The Charlestown Connection is a crackling good read, finely paced and full of surprising twists. Fast, fun, and furious, this is a terrific story—not just a fine first novel, but a fine novel period." —Michael Palmer, New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away
"Dermot Sparhawk is an unforgettable, heart-wrenching personality, a guy you’d want as friend. In The Charlestown Connection, Dermot, champion of the underserved, careens into uncharted danger as he relentlessly pursues a killer. This thriller is packed with non-stop action." —Patricia Gussin, best-selling author of Weapon of Choice
"The Town shot-up the screen with bad guy bank robbers from Boston – now it’s time to re-load and put your Red Sox cap back on, because The Charlestown Connection is the real deal. Tom MacDonald – in his debut! – has written a full-on, safety-off, extra armor-piercing clip crime novel about the infamous Charlestown and McDonald knows his stuff. All serious crime fans will want to read The Charlestown Connection." —Scott Wolven, author of Controlled Burn, included in Best American Noir Of The Century
"Tom MacDonald grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go. Intelligent writing and an eye for gritty detail—a fresh new voice." —Ward Larsen, award-winning author of Fly By Night